Cayo is the largest district of Belize spanning over 2,000 square miles across diverse terrain, from lush river valleys and rugged mountains to rolling hills and sweeping farmland devoted to citrus orchards.

Over 60% of the region has been designated to either a wildlife sanctuary, national park or forest reserve. This region offers a wide variety of experiences to choose from, including canoe tours down the Macal River, and an exploratory dip in the Rio Frio and its natural swimming pools.

Famous archaeological sites here include the Mayan ruins of Xuantunich and Caracol. The latter a partially overgrown testament to the vast amount of people — more than populate all of Belize today — who lived here during the 8th century and Belize’s largest archaeological site.

One of the highlights of this part of the country is the Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave or ATM Cave. This spans both archaeology and activity as it is an important Mayan site and contains some relics including an impressively well-preserved skeleton. Visitors explore the cave with a guide, taking around three hours in total and with a mix of swimming, scrambling and climbing. It is a must-see on any trip to Belize and a fun and exhilarating way to learn about the culture and history.


Our favourite luxury hotels

Blancaneaux Lodge, Belize

Blancaneaux Lodge

A luxurious hideaway located in the middle of a 107,000 private reserve, surrounded by native flora and fauna. Huddled on the banks of a small creek, the cosy cabanas reflect the traditional style of Belizean life. Choose from several categories of cabana including private villas for families or honeymooners. All feature large comfortable beds, mini bar, ceiling fan, Illy expresso machine, bathrobes, organic locally made soaps, iPod docking station and flashlight. Beyond your private cabin, there is plenty to entertain guests throughout the rest of the property.

Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge, Belize

Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge

A pristine paradise for those seeking luxury and a seamless experience begins from the moment you walk into the lodge. There are 30 spacious rooms, each reflecting the natural surroundings with handcrafted wooden furniture and neutral tones. They are cosy, yet luxurious with features such as air conditioning, espresso machines, private pool, terrace and king size bed. Guests can enjoy an outstanding range of activities including snorkelling, Mayan ruins tours, chocolate making, cave expeditions, tubing, fishing, horse riding and hiking.

Chaa Creek, San Ignacio, Belize

Chaa Creek

Sitting in a pristine 400-acre nature reserve, The Lodge at Chaa Creek is a haven for adventure lovers.  Nestled amongst the verdant landscape of the Belize Macal River, the lodge provides couples and families alike  with  a  totally  unique  jungle  experience. The 23 cottages  are  each  individually  designed  to  reflect traditional Mayan style and boast hand-crafted furniture, local art and private sundeck verandas so you  can enjoy the sights and sounds of passing toucans and fluttering hummingbirds.

Ka’ana Resort, San Ignacio, Belize

Ka’ana Resort

Ka’ana combines a tropical jungle escape with all the style and aesthetics of a cosmopolitan boutique vacation. The rooms are understated yet elegant and contain all the sumptuous finishes and modern conveniences for a five-star stay, including fabulous down duvets, luxury linens, an Italian espresso maker, flat screen TV, air conditioning, a range of locally produced botanical bathroom soaps and goodies, hibiscus flowers  throughout and our favourite part – daily tasty treats left in the mini fridge, including truffles, cookies and more. The cuisine at La Ceiba Restaurant is locally influenced with an international twist.